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THE ROAD TO THE PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER 'FIGHT OF THE CENTURY' --FROM 2009 TO 2015


Boxers Manny Pacquiao (R) from the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather from the US pose during a press conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, to launch the countdown to their May 2, 2015 super-fight in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN  They are the best fighters of their generation, great in their own right, and it is just fitting that at one point in their illustrious careers they cross paths. The road was by no means easy with the match fought outside of the ring for years. Accusations and taunts were aplenty from both camps, making the possibility of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather stepping into the ring to fight each other even more impossible. But all those road blocks just made what is being dubbed as the “Fight of the Century” even more captivating for millions of boxing fans. Let’s take a look back at the seven long years it took before this biggest match in boxing history came to fruition. 2009: Rumors of megabuck fight begin, 2010, 2011, 2012,  2013, 2014, 2015 READ ON...

ALSO: Pacman ‘on fire’ during sparring


Manny Pacquiao   MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao went five rounds with two different sparmates yesterday and left his trainer Freddie Roach even more confident as they head to the biggest challenge of their lives.  Roach thinks that May 2 will be remembered in his history as the day Pacquiao “drove Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of boxing.”   Roach has lined up a battery of sparring partners for Pacquiao, and the trainer of champions threw two of them atop the Wild Card ring yesterday. Pacquiao, according to Top Rank publicist Fred Sternburg, impressed everybody who was around for the closed-door session that lasted over two hours.  “Manny looked so fresh today. I’m very happy with what he showed me,” said Roach, predicting that Pacquiao will knock Mayweather out on May 2 at the MGM Grand. READ ON.....

ALSO: World middleweight champ Golovkin visits Pacquiao, says Filipino ‘too fast’


Today with the great @MannyPacquiao,” says Gennady Golovkin in a Twitter post.  MANILA, Philippines—World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin showed up at Wild Card Gym and indicated his support for the Filipino icon in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas.  The 32-year-old Golovkin, a consensus pound-for-pound contender with a sterling 32-0, 29-knockout record, didn’t stay long but had a picture taken with Pacquiao, who’ll try to unify the welterweight crowns against the unbeaten Mayweather.  Though he’s the king of the 160-pound division, Golovkin, popularly known as GGG, said via FightHype.com that he’s small for a middleweight and is willing to slide to 154 pounds to fight either Mayweather or Pacquiao within the year. READ ON...

ALSO: Mayweather beats up ex-champ in sparring


In this April 8, 2006 file photo, Zab Judah, right, takes a punch from Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their IBF welterweight title fight at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Mayweather, who beat Judah by unanimous decision that night, has tapped him to be one of his sparring partners as he trains for his showdown with Manny Pacuiao on May 2. AP/Jae C. Hong MANILA, Philippines – If you think Floyd Mayweather Jr. is having trouble fighting left-handed opponents, think again. Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle, told Mlive.com that the undefeated American looked explosive in sparring against former world champion Zab Judah, the same slick southpaw he had trouble with before. “[Floyd] Just beat the [expletive] out of him [Judah]," Jeff Mayweather told Mlive.com’s David Mayo, as Floyd Jr. is in the thick of training for his showdown with Manny Pacquiao. "He beat Judah so bad, Judah was scared to let his hands go," he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Look, Manny and Floyd treading diverse tracks


LAST seen and heard from California, Filipino national treasure Manny Pacquiao was in a big rush, huffing and puffing, like he had to catch the last bus out. He told veteran sportswriter Eddie Alinea for them to wait because he would be there soonest. By them, Pacquiao meant detractors who had teased the eight-division world title winner that his phenomenal punching power, which had pushed him all the way up, up to world pound-for-pound boxing kingship, had been diminished, if not wholly gone. Yeah, it’s not yet there, Pacquiao countered, but also quickly cried—the louder the better—that everything would be in place, the Pacman would be at his strongest best come fight time. * * *  In contrast, out there in Las Vegas, there would be none of that startling sound and fury. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been training almost in secret, if not in total silence. READ MORE...


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The road to the Pacquiao-Mayweather ‘Fight of the Century’


Boxers Manny Pacquiao (R) from the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather from the US pose during a press conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, to launch the countdown to their May 2, 2015 super-fight in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN

MANILA, MARCH 23, 2015 (INQUIRER)  Celest Flores-Colina, Mark Giongco | INQUIRER.net - They are the best fighters of their generation, great in their own right, and it is just fitting that at one point in their illustrious careers they cross paths.

The road was by no means easy with the match fought outside of the ring for years. Accusations and taunts were aplenty from both camps, making the possibility of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather stepping into the ring to fight each other even more impossible.

But all those road blocks just made what is being dubbed as the “Fight of the Century” even more captivating for millions of boxing fans.

Let’s take a look back at the seven long years it took before this biggest match in boxing history came to fruition.

2009: Rumors of megabuck fight begin

Talks of a potential megabuck bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. surface late in 2009 when both boxers are at the peak of their careers.


Floyd Mayweather (2nd L) of the US talks with Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico (2nd R) and his team after defeating him in their Welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

Mayweather comes out of 21-month retirement to fight counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather bags his 40th win via unanimous decision.


MAY 02: (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines stands over Ricky Hatton of England after Pacquiao knocked him out in the second round during their junior welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Pacquiao, who ascends to the throne as top pound-for-pound fighter, adds British knockout artist Ricky Hatton and Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto to his list of victims which already included Marquez, David Diaz, and heavy-favorite Oscar Dela Hoya. Pacquiao knocked out Hatton in the second round of their May fight before he stopped Cotto in the 12th round six months after.


Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines fights Miguel Angel Cotto of Puerto Rico (L) before winning their WBO Welterweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won his seventh world title in as many divisions and what amazes boxing experts is he hasn't show any signs of losing power as he fights bigger stronger opponents. Pacquiao's six titles came in a half dozen weight classes ranging from 112 to 140 pounds. He weighed just 106 pounds in his pro debut in 1995 and captured his first title in the 112-pound flyweight division. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

By then, the timing is finally right for two fighters to meet in the ring with Pacquiao ranked no.1 in the pound-for-pound list after winning his seventh world title while Mayweather in close second.

But negotiations between both camps don’t materialize after Mayweather demanded a blood test within 30 days before the fight.

Pacquiao later on files a defamation lawsuit against Mayweather for suggesting Pacquiao uses performance-enhancing drugs.

2010: Negotiations between both camps fizzle


Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines (L) salutes the crowd after defeating Joshua Clottey of Ghana during their WBO welterweight title fight at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas on March 13, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

Pacquiao, the newly-minted Fighter of the Decade, starts the year running circles around the flat-footed Joshua Clottey in March in the match billed as “the Event” at the Cowboys’ Stadium in Texas. Pacquiao won via unanimous decision.


Floyd Mayweather (R) punches Shane Mosley during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on Mai 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Two months after, Mayweather outpoints “Sugar” Shane Mosely in his only fight of 2010 to remain undefeated in his professional boxing career.

Two months after beating Clottey, Pacquiao becomes the “Fighting Congressman” as he is elected to the House of Representatives as the lone representative of Sarangani province in Mindanao.


Congressman, Filipino eight-division world champion boxing hero Manny Pacquiao (C) sits with fellow lawmakers during the 15th congress at the House of Representatives. AFP PHOTO/ JAY DIRECTO

Before the end of the year, Pacquiao steps into the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium anew and cuts Antonio Margarito down to size to claim the vacant WBC light middleweight champion. After winning via unanimous decision in a total domination of Margarito, Pacquiao becomes the first boxer to win titles in eight weight classes.


Antonio Margarito of Mexico congratulates Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines after Pacquaio won their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Nick Laham/Getty Images/AFP

But despite repeated attempts at making the fight happen and even entering into mediation, negotiations between both camps fizzle after Mayweather demanded for a urine and blood testing up until fight day, which Pacquiao is opposed to.

2011: Pacquiao dominates, Mayweather convicted of charges


Shane Mosley of the US falls down after being punched by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (L) in their bout for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at the Garden Arena in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7, 2011. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

In May, Pacquiao returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena as he gets a crack at one of Mayweather’s previous opponent in Shane Mosely. He gains the nod of all three judges to retain the WBO welterweight title.

Mayweather, meanwhile, scores a highly-controversial fourth-round knockout over Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title in September. Mayweather takes advantage of an unguarded Ortiz, who is looking at the referee with his hands down, and connects with a solid right hand to Ortiz face.


Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates after defeating Victor Ortiz by fourth round knockout during their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Pacquiao and his nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez met for the third time in the ring in another close and controversial fight. The Filipino boxing champion bags the victory by majority decision, but the win is later on criticized by some fans as “robbery.”


Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez (R) pose for the media for the start of a series of a four-city international media tour of their November 12 bout. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Before the year ends, Mayweather is sentenced to serve 90 days in the county jail after pleading guilty to reduced battery domestic violence charge involving his ex-girlfriend.

2012: Mayweather jailed, Pacquiao knocked out


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. AP/INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Early in the year, Pacquiao and Mayweather reportedly talk over the phone about the possibility of a megafight. According to ESPN, it was Mayweather who reached out to Pacquiao for a possible May 5 fight, but both fighters couldn’t agree on the equal purse split.

Just before he is set to serve time, Mayweather returns to light middleweight division and triumphs over one of Pacquiao’s victims in Cotto via unanimous decision in May.

At 42-0, it seems like nothing could stop Mayweather. But his career hits a snag as he is detained at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas for 90 days for the domestic violence charges. He is released in August.


Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is lead away in handcuffs at the Clark County Regional Justice Center as he surrenders to serve a three-month jail sentence at the Clark County Detention Center on June 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

While Mayweather is locked up with no television in his solo cell, Pacquiao loses to American Timothy Bradley in a highly-disputed split decision to end an unbeaten run. Amid criticisms from fans and major news outlets, the WBO’s Championship Committee reviews the video of the fight and says that Pacquiao should’ve won. The result, however, cannot be overturned.


Timothy Bradley (L) of US celebrates his victory over Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines following their WBO welterweight title match at the MGM Grand Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR

Six months later, the boxing world stands still as Pacquiao falls flat on his face after lunging into Marquez’s counter right hand in their fourth and final meeting. Pacquiao is knocked out cold with just a second left in the sixth round in his non-title bout at welterweight against the Mexican boxer.


Referee Kenny Bayless (C) holds back Juan Manuel Marquez (R) as Manny Pacquiao (L) lies face down on the mat after being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / John Gurzinski

After Pacquiao’s back-to-back setbacks, chances of the fight against Mayweather ever happening look bleaker than ever.

2013: Both fighters stage comebacks

Getting over from a startling 2012, both Mayweather and Pacquiao stage successful comebacks in the ring in 2013 against different opponents.

Mayweather makes a return by winning via unanimous decision in the welterweight division against Robert Guerrero in his first fight on network Showtime. Jumping from HBO to the rival network makes the prospect of the megabuck fight even more remote.


World Boxing Council champion Floyd Mayweather celebrates after beating and Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 4, 2013. Mayweather extended his perfect record to 44 victories, beating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in their welterweight title fight. AFP PHOTO

“Pretty Boy” also defeats Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to keep his WBA title, claim the WBC light middleweight belt and sets a new record-high in pay-per-views buys. The superfight ends up as the most lucrative boxing match at the time with 2.2 million PPV buys generating at least $150 million.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Pacquiao also makes a comeback nearly a year after his crippling knockout loss to Marquez. He, though, shows no ill effect from that setback as he dominates American Brandon Rios in his first fight at the CotaiArena in Macau. The Filipino boxing champion dedicates the win to the victims of supertyphoon “Yolanda.”


Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates his victory against Brandon Rios of the US after their welterweight boxing bout in Macau on November 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Dale de la Rey

Pacquiao also gets the nod of the voters in Sarangani Province anew as he is re-elected as their lone representative to Congress.

Mayweather, meanwhile, lives up to his monicker “Money” as he is named the highest-paid athlete of 2013, largely because of the staggering PPV buys in his fight against Alvarez.


Screengrab from Mayweather's Instagram post.

On the other side of the world, Pacquiao is dealing with real money issues as his assets are freezed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for a supposed tax evasion case. The BIR says that Pacquiao supposedly did not remit taxes amounting to P2.2 billion from his earnings in the United States in 2008 and 2009.

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao accuses Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares of harassing him. But Henares claims Pacquiao did not declare his US income and underdeclared his Philippines income in 2008-2009. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON; ANDREW TADALAN/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

2014: Pacquiao, Mayweather fights same boxers but not each other

Both sides continue to trade words instead of punches as the world grows weary. Mayweather calls Pacquiao a “desperate dog” who is chasing a megabout against him due to tax problems, while Pacquiao, to disprove Mayweather’s claim, offers to fight for charity.

Pacquiao moves on and avenges the controversial loss to Bradley by dominating the American via unanimous decision to regain the WBO welterweight crown in a return to the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.


Timothy Bradley (L) and Manny Pacquiao battle it out during their WBO world welterweight championship boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Barely a month after, Mayweather prevails over Argentinian Marcos Maidana in what is considered as the toughest fight Mayweather had even been in so far in his undefeated career.


Marcos Maidana throws a right to the face of Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Mayweather grants Maidana a rematch in September and won more convincingly this time.

Pacquiao fights again in Macau. He proves to be in a whole different class as he took American Chris Algieri to school to retain his WBO belt.


Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (C) celebrates his victory over Chris Algieri of the US (not pictured) after their world welterweight championship boxing bout at the Cotai Arena in Macau on November 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS

Mayweather and Pacquiao have fought the same boxers—Oscar dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosely and Miguel Cotto—but not each other.

At this point, both camps continue taunt each other everywhere but the ring. Pacquiao even appears in a Footlocker commercial where he pokes fun at Mayweather’s refusal to fight him.

But rumors of a prospective showdown between the top two pound-for-pound fighters resurface anew with Mayweather proposing a May 2, 2015 fight in one interview.

2015: Megafight is on!


Manny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. attend the Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks games. Screengrab from the Heat's Twitter account

A chance meeting between Pacquiao and Mayweather at an NBA game Miami proves to be the turning point of the last half a decade. They are seen exchanging phone numbers and reportedly continues talking about a megafight later at Pacquiao’s suite.

Negotiations are getting closer than ever before, but no deal has still been signed with both camps going back-and-forth in their talks. Mayweather and Pacquiao take the fight to social media as they tease fans with cryptic posts often alluding to each other.


Screengrab from Manny Pacquiao Instagram account 

But one day, everything falls into place—previous disagreements are resolved including the drug and blood testing, the purse split, the PPV issue between rival Showtime and HBO—as both boxers finally sign on the dotted line.

On February 21, it is announced that the fight the whole word has been waiting for between the two best boxers of their generation, Mayweather and Pacquiao, is finally on for May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Pacman ‘on fire’ during sparring By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 19, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao went five rounds with two different sparmates yesterday and left his trainer Freddie Roach even more confident as they head to the biggest challenge of their lives.

Roach thinks that May 2 will be remembered in his history as the day Pacquiao “drove Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of boxing.”

Roach has lined up a battery of sparring partners for Pacquiao, and the trainer of champions threw two of them atop the Wild Card ring yesterday.

Pacquiao, according to Top Rank publicist Fred Sternburg, impressed everybody who was around for the closed-door session that lasted over two hours.

“Manny looked so fresh today. I’m very happy with what he showed me,” said Roach, predicting that Pacquiao will knock Mayweather out on May 2 at the MGM Grand.

“You couldn’t tell he had been away from the ring since the (Chris) Algieri fight in November. Manny is on fire in the gym,” he added.

It was “five hard rounds,” according to Sternburg, who follows Pacquiao every step of the way each time he prepares for a fight.

Pacquiao arrived in the United States last Feb. 25 following two weeks of light workouts in the Philippines.

With 44 days to go, Pacquiao is just getting to his peak form. He said a couple of days that he’s 60 percent ready for the fight.

“It was great to finally put on the headgear and spar. My sparring partners gave me good work today,” said Pacquiao.

“They were perfect for testing the strategy Freddie and I have developed to beat Floyd Mayweather. I was very happy with my stamina and speed today,” he added.

Mayweather is deep into training in Las Vegas with his father, Floyd Sr., and uncle, Roger Mayweather, on top of things.

Both fighters had gone to the social media to give their fans a glimpse of their training, and yesterday Mayweather posted a 20-second video of his workout.

“You best believe that I will be in top shape and be the best Floyd Mayweather I can possibly be,” said the unbeaten boxer in last week’s press conference.


INQUIRER

World middleweight champ Golovkin visits Pacquiao, says Filipino ‘too fast’ Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:39 AM | Friday, March 20th, 2015


Today with the great @MannyPacquiao,” says Gennady Golovkin in a Twitter post.

MANILA, Philippines—World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin showed up at Wild Card Gym and indicated his support for the Filipino icon in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas.

The 32-year-old Golovkin, a consensus pound-for-pound contender with a sterling 32-0, 29-knockout record, didn’t stay long but had a picture taken with Pacquiao, who’ll try to unify the welterweight crowns against the unbeaten Mayweather.

Though he’s the king of the 160-pound division, Golovkin, popularly known as GGG, said via FightHype.com that he’s small for a middleweight and is willing to slide to 154 pounds to fight either Mayweather or Pacquiao within the year.

Golovkin weighed in at 158 pounds in his last fight against Martin Murray, whom he stopped in the 11th round.

But first, the 5-foot-10½ Golovkin will have to dispose of Willie Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs) on May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to line himself up against the superstars and the big bucks that go with their fights.

Pressed for comment on the Pacquiao-Mayweather clash, Golovkin told Abs-cbn.com: “I think Manny is too fast.”

Stepping up his training, Pacquiao sparred for five rounds on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). He ran and did exercises at Griffith Park Wednesday morning then reported for gym work with chief trainer Freddie Roach in the afternoon.

Mayweather is also deep in training at his gym in Las Vegas.


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Mayweather beats up ex-champ in sparring (philstar.com) | Updated March 22, 2015 - 4:14pm


In this April 8, 2006 file photo, Zab Judah, right, takes a punch from Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their IBF welterweight title fight at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Mayweather, who beat Judah by unanimous decision that night, has tapped him to be one of his sparring partners as he trains for his showdown with Manny Pacuiao on May 2. AP/Jae C. Hong

MANILA, Philippines – If you think Floyd Mayweather Jr. is having trouble fighting left-handed opponents, think again.

Jeff Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle, told Mlive.com that the undefeated American looked explosive in sparring against former world champion Zab Judah, the same slick southpaw he had trouble with before.

“[Floyd] Just beat the [expletive] out of him [Judah]," Jeff Mayweather told Mlive.com’s David Mayo, as Floyd Jr. is in the thick of training for his showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

"He beat Judah so bad, Judah was scared to let his hands go," he added.

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Mayweather and Judah clash in a title fight in 2006, with the latter giving the former a hard time for the first six rounds due to his speed and southpaw stance. But Mayweather gathered himself and dominated Judah for the rest of the bout to earn a unanimous decision.

The Las Vegas-based Mayweather isn’t known to have fought many southpaws in his career, and many boxing observers believe Pacquiao will again give him the same trouble he had against Judah.

But the way things are going right now, Mayweather is proving that he can handle fast southpaws.

"Everybody was just hyped because they thought Judah was going to be something different, but Judah was worse than the other guys," Jeff Mayweather continued.

"It seemed like Floyd had something personal against him. He beat the [expletive] out of him. So then he quit, he let Judah off the hook, because Judah's got a fight coming up and he messed his eye up,” Floyd’s uncle said.

Mayweather’s other sparmates include DeMarcus Corley, another former opponent who’s a southpaw, and other young lefties. All of them, according to Jeff Mayweather, are getting dominated by Floyd.

"Floyd, he's on a different level right now. It may be just his mind, and all the (issues) he's been dealing with Manny over the years. Obviously, he's taken that in some kind of way, and I mean, he's punishing these guys," Jeff explained.

"The kids, early in camp, they don't care that he's Floyd Mayweather. They want to prove something. They've proved something, all right. They're getting destroyed. He's annihilating everybody. He's a beast. This isn't the same old Floyd."

Still, Judah and the rest of Mayweather's sparring partners are no Pacquiao, which makes their May 2 super fight an intriguing one. – Dino Maragay


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Look, Manny and Floyd treading diverse tracks Recah Trinidad @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:41 AM | Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 

LAST seen and heard from California, Filipino national treasure Manny Pacquiao was in a big rush, huffing and puffing, like he had to catch the last bus out.

He told veteran sportswriter Eddie Alinea for them to wait because he would be there soonest.

By them, Pacquiao meant detractors who had teased the eight-division world title winner that his phenomenal punching power, which had pushed him all the way up, up to world pound-for-pound boxing kingship, had been diminished, if not wholly gone.

Yeah, it’s not yet there, Pacquiao countered, but also quickly cried—the louder the better—that everything would be in place, the Pacman would be at his strongest best come fight time.

* * *

In contrast, out there in Las Vegas, there would be none of that startling sound and fury.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been training almost in secret, if not in total silence.

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No advertisement of fantastic road work, no flash reports of gym greatness, except for that claim to the stoppage of a sparmate via a body punch on the fourth day of training.

There was a video of the unbeaten American world boxing king chopping wood out in the open, but this did not create any clear message about his current condition or overall intent.

It could mean he was buying more power for his arms, or it could be a means to rhythmically fine-tune his fabulous gifts.

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Which way to the Superfight?

Pacquiao and Mayweather, headed for a single point, were using two contrasting tracks.

Pacquiao, pushing and howling for original killer power, had jumped onto a bullet train.

Mayweather, maybe preparing for another demonstration of fantastic skills, had taken a slow boat to God knows where.

* * *

Against this backdrop, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum took exception to Floyd Jr.’s legs which, the sagacious matchmaker claimed, have aged well ahead of Mayweather’ skills.

“He’s still smart as hell, but his legs have slowed down,” Arum explained. “This is very significant with Floyd because his leg movement was part of his great defensive arsenal, and he doesn’t have that anymore.”

Arum was clearly trying to confirm Freddie Roach’s earlier claim that Mayweather’s legs were shot.

* * *

But don’t get fooled, quickly warned the great Roy Jones Jr., the best of the best during his prime. Jones took time out to caution that Mayweather, despite dissipated legs, could just dig deep to shake and stun the opponent.

Knowing Mayweather can’t just outwit Pacquiao, Jones warned, the unbeaten world champ could step down [to reality], stand firm, and try to get Pacquiao out.

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(HAIL: Salute and congratulations to Brian Jeric Visperas de Leon who was ordained into the priesthood by Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Thursday at Sanctuario de San Juan de Evangelista in Dagupan City. De Leon is the son of newspaperwoman Eva Visperas …

This afternoon at the famous Peter Lee’s Hong Kong Teahouse on Mabini St., Manila, Filipino world boxing expert Hermie Rivera, visiting from Newark, California, gathers friends and fellow boxing enthusiasts for a discussion on the May 2 Superfight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.)


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